INCREASED LONGEVITY

How Medical Technology Advances Extend Life Expectancy

Advancing Medical Technology with Interplex

Medical science and technology have been advancing each year, resulting in healthier, longer lifespans, and better medical treatment options.The average life expectancy has increased from 45 years in 1850 to almost 80 years in recent years, as a result of medical progress. Scientists also believe that life spans will continue growing though it is expected to reach a hard limit at some point. 

The medical advances that are driving increased longevity span a wide spectrum including developments in diagnostics, medical devices, procedures, and prescription drugs. And their impact on overall life expectancy comes in the form of healthier lifestyles, preventive care, earlier and more accurate medical diagnosis, and increased quality of treatment after diagnosis. 

In this Trends article, we take an in-depth look into how medical science and technological progress have contributed to longer life spans.

Healthy Lifestyles, Preventive Care

Consumers are increasingly cognizant of the need to maintain healthier lifestyles. This comes in the form of better diet and nutrition, regular exercise, maintaining mental and emotional health, and regular physical and medical assessment. 

In recent years, this has fuelled the growth of fitness and healthcare wearables which allow consumers to monitor their own health and keep track of their vital signs. According to the IDC, it is predicted that the overall wearables market will grow 13.4% (CAGR) over the next five years, with 219.4 million units shipping in 2022.

Today’s wearables span across multiple functions- from fitness trackers to smart health watches, from wearable ECG monitors and blood pressure monitors, to biosensors, amongst others.  These devices collect crucial physical and medical data. When paired with mobile and digital applications, they can be used to monitor, analyze and predict health and mental well-being. This builds on the overall trends towards telehealth and remote monitoring for preventive healthcare, for conditions such as heart disease and stroke prevention. When it comes to the wearables market segment, Interplex has been at the forefront since its inception. We are a trusted innovation partner and supplier to leading manufacturers as well as disruptive wearables companies. 

Today, our variety of miniaturized interconnects, RF shielding, sensor interfaces, flex circuitry, vertical integration solutions, and end-to-end application-specific design services are enabling innovations in wearables technology.

Medical Diagnosis

Wearables, while not exactly new in the market allow for the collection of data surrounding different attributes of one’s health. With professional analysis of all the data collected, wearables are making early detection possible which can help disease prevention and propose better treatments. According to studies, medical laboratories provide up to 70 percent of patients’ laboratory testing to physicians so they can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

The use of clinical laboratory test results in diagnostic decision-making forms an integral part of clinical medicine. Since the 1920s, the menu of laboratory tests available to clinicians has expanded exponentially into a wide array for diagnosis, monitoring of treatments and therapies, screening, and research on different diseases.

With both industry knowledge and technical capabilities to manufacture to exact specifications, Interplex works closely with clients to deliver sophisticated equipment for modern medical laboratories. Our enabling technologies go into lab test and analysis instruments, connectors, and cable assemblies including chassis and metal components, all of which are critical parts in today’s medical equipment.

Medical Treatment

Advancements in medical treatments and equipment are contributing to improvements in treatment outcomes. One area of advancement is in surgical treatments, with a trend towards more precise surgical operations and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Interplex is playing a part in enabling surgical precision in medical treatments, from the design and production of high-precision, mission-critical components that enter patients’ bodies, to reliable devices that, while external to the body, are critical in enabling delicate surgeries to be performed. 

With these advancements, minimally invasive Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Hysteroscopic Surgery, and Robotic Mmyomectomies are just some of the procedures that have come from medical technological advancements. Other examples of medical fields benefitting from these advancements include neurology, cardiovascular and interventional equipment.

In addition to surgical precision, mobile medicine technologies are advancing in medical technology and equipment, making a real contribution to treatment outcomes.

Through transportable and telehealth solutions, mobile medicine expands the reach of healthcare well beyond the traditional hospital and clinic settings. With teleradiology, telepsychiatry, and telenephrology as just some examples of mobile medicine, there are endless possibilities to its contribution for the medical industry. 

From medical workstations to telehealth equipment, healthcare professionals are increasingly using mobile medical devices and equipment to deliver medical care and treatment with patients it needs to reach, wherever they may be. Advancements in low-cost sensor technologies, repeatability, low power consumption, and reliability are just some of the critical elements enabling the boom in portable medical technology and devices. 

Conclusion

Whether it’s breakthroughs in medical equipment or improvements in designs of medical devices, Interplex is at the forefront, supporting these advancements. Interplex is proud to be an instinctive partner for many life sciences and medtech brands, providing the enabling technology, medical product design and engineering expertise, to help innovative and breakthrough products get to market faster.
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